Get a sneak peek of the future VI! Try it now
Advertisement
Be Social
VegasInsider.com on Youtube Bet Now

 
Laureano says Astros coach insulted mother, sparking fracas


Sign up to receive daily news from VegasInsider

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano says Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday, and Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintron punished harshly by Major League Baseball.

Advertisement

Laureano said Monday he regrets charging toward Houston's dugout to fight Cintron after the two exchanged words during the seventh inning of a game Sunday in Oakland. Speaking before a game against the Los Angeles Angels, Laureano said Cintron began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos.

''I should have kept my cool because I wasted my time with that guy,'' Laureano said. ''Right now, I don't look like a smart guy, but when you are emotional and someone says something about your mother, I don't think anyone would take that lightly.

''Whatever decision comes about a suspension, hopefully it is not as many games as people think.''

Laureano and Cintron are expected to be suspended by MLB, but no announcement was made Monday regarding punishment.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said he had a short meeting with his coaches to discuss the incident, but he declined to go into details about what he said to Cintron.

''He was remorseful, I'll say that, that the whole thing happened,'' said Baker, who was ejected earlier in Sunday's game and wasn't on the bench for the fracas. ''And we hope it won't happen again.''

Laureano was hit three times by Houston pitchers during the weekend series, including twice by Castellanos on breaking pitches. Laureano sarcastically motioned to Castellanos on how to properly throw his slider after Sunday's plunking. Laureano said he wasn't going to charge the mound and was trying to move on until he heard Cintron as he approached first base.

They exchanged words in Spanish, and Cintron emerged from the dugout and appeared to challenge Laureano to fight. Laureano threw off his helmet and sprinted toward Cintron but was tackled by Astros catcher Dustin Garneau en route.

Players streamed from the dugouts and stands, violating social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Laureano said Garneau's tackle kept the incident from intensifying further, praising Garneau for protecting his former teammate at the bottom of a building dog pile.

Melvin said he believes Cintron was the chief culprit of the scuffle, which came amid strict rules banning players from leaving the dugouts to maintain player safety amid the pandemic.

''Ramon's remorseful about what he did,'' Melvin said. ''There are a lot of reasons, but my opinion is it was instigated from the other side. I know I've always talked to my coaches not to get on the player's case on the other side.''

''I think everyone needs to handle things differently this season. With the virus, it almost feels like we are playing against all odds to continue playing. MLB stresses that. It's our job as coaches and managers to stress things like that.''

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· Rogers: AL Wild Card Cheat Sheet
· Rogers: NL Wild Card Cheat Sheet
· Marshall: Future Odds Outlook - National League Pennant
· Marshall: Future Odds Outlook - American League Pennant
· Astros win Game 1 as Twins skid continues
· Giolito dazzles, White Sox drop A's in G1
· Dodgers confident going against Brewers
· Cubs, Marlins to meet after bumpy paths
· Bauer leads Reds rotation against Braves
MORE HEADLINES
 
MLB Hot Streaks
10-1 +930 Guarantees, +1,656 TY
7-1 +619 L8 Picks, 6-0 L6 G-Plays
17-3 L20, 61-25 Run, +3,095 TY
7-1 L8, 30-12 G-Plays, +2,240 TY
4-1 +360 Sunday, +1,877 TY
5-1, +487 Last 6 Selections
3-1 L4, 23-10 L33 MLB Totals
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 24-11 L35 Totals
9-3 L12 G-Plays, 13-6 L19 Picks
4-1 L5, 13-6 L19 Over/Unders
2020 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Ben Burns + 3095
Michael Black + 2240
Gary Bart + 1877
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 511
Ben Burns + 465
Alex Smart + 429
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1393
Joe Nelson + 906
Scott Rickenbach + 879
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 2005
Scott Rickenbach + 1095
Gary Bart + 832
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 844
Pat Hawkins + 784
The Gold Sheet + 692
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 1410
Gary Bart + 1229
Vince Akins + 1106
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
Advertisement